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    Fairmont Grand Del Mar
    San Diego, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2014 reviewsTripAdvisor (2014)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    About 20 miles north of central San Diego in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar offers coastal California visitors a hearty helping of luxury from the moment they enter the lobby. Guests rave about the incredibly spacious guest rooms, saying that the deep-soaking tubs, Nespresso coffee makers and rich Tuscan decor makes for a relaxing stay. And if that isn't enough, there's also a five-star spa, swimming pools and a Tom Fazio-designed golf course. The Grand Del Mar also receives high marks for its cuisine; the hotel's Addison and Amaya restaurants serve award-winning French and Mediterranean fare coupled with regional wines. Add to that the hotel's consistently friendly customer service, and it's easy to see why guests frequently refer to their stays here as five-star experiences. As a member of the AccorHotels portfolio, this hotel allows guests to earn and redeem Le Club AccorHotels perks.

    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2014 reviewsTripAdvisor (2014)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Meadowood Napa Valley
    St. Helena, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2094 reviewsTripAdvisor (2094)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Sitting on 250 acres in quaint St. Helena, California, Meadowood Napa Valley resort automatically wins guests over with its serene landscape and isolation. The guest room decor embodies a rustic elegance, with cottage-like beamed ceilings, private terraces and, in most rooms, fireplaces. Although the cost of a stay here is admittedly steep, many travelers feel the exceptional service and on-site activities, such as croquet, tennis and golf, make the expense worthwhile. Guests will also find several pools and an extensive fitness center here. Meanwhile, those who splurged on a treatment at the on-site spa certainly didn't regret it, nor did they have second thoughts about repeat meals at The Restaurant. Should you stay at the Meadowood, you'll be close to the Castello di Amorosa Winery and Schramsberg Vineyards, both of which offer exceptional tours and tastings.

    St. Helena, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2094 reviewsTripAdvisor (2094)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
    Indian Wells, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2915 reviewsTripAdvisor (2915)
    Free WiFi

    Located in Indian Wells, California, southeast of Palm Springs and about 124 miles east of Los Angeles, the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa provides a comfortable getaway for families. The hotel boasts seven swimming pools and a waterslide, not to mention a variety of activities  such as bocce, tennis, badminton and biking  that guests of all ages can enjoy. While the little ones are off making new friends in the Camp Hyatt kids program, parents can take a load off in the Agua Serena Spa or test their swings along the hotel's two golf courses. Meanwhile, the resort's restaurant selection caters to a variety of tastes. Lantana serves contemporary California cuisine, Agave Sunset specializes in Southwest fare and the Roadrunner Cafe is the place to go for burgers and fish tacos. As far as accommodations go, recent visitors were pleased with the balconies, free high-speed internet access and marble bathrooms, though there is a daily $29 resort fee. As a member of the Hyatt hotel family, this hotel participates in the brand's loyalty program.

    Indian Wells, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2915 reviewsTripAdvisor (2915)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa
    Rancho Mirage, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2737 reviewsTripAdvisor (2737)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Sitting about 9 miles east of downtown Palm Springs, California, The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa is often seen by recent guests as an oasis in the desert. This sprawling property boasts a wide variety of ways to fill your days. Escape the heat at one of three pool areas (there's also a waterslide for the young and young at heart), or embrace the California sun while practicing your swing on the tennis courts or on one of two championship golf courses. The in-house spa offers a long list of treatments and services ranging from massages to yoga classes. Rooms here feature signature Westin Heavenly beds, personal minibars and private balconies or patios, the latter of which particularly earn praise from recent lodgers. But before you hit the hay, grab yourself a bite to eat at one of the dining venues: Try the Tuscan-inspired Italian cuisine served at Pinzimini, or grab a light bite and a drink at Fireside Lounge. And because this hotel is part of the Marriott hotel family, Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and use points here.

    Rancho Mirage, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2737 reviewsTripAdvisor (2737)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
    Carlsbad, CA
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3377 reviewsTripAdvisor (3377)
    Free WiFi

    Guests routinely testify to the charm of the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa: the property is manicured to perfection, its sizable rooms allow guests plenty of space to breathe and unwind and its pools are numerous and intimate. Located near San Diego – between downtown Carlsbad and Encinitas, California – the resort is a short drive from the shore. This Omni hotel wows guests with its guest rooms, which are decorated in a neutral color palette and feature splashes of blue accents, marble bathrooms and spacious terraces accessible via sweeping French doors. Families especially love this resort thanks to its pool area with several pools; a waterslide and a splash pad; and Kidtopia Kids Club, which frees parents up to enjoy an afternoon at the spa, on the tennis courts or the fairways. Keep in mind there is a daily resort fee, and it covers Wi-Fi, fitness center acess and more, though there are fees for other on-site activities, including the kids club. Groups can reconvene at one of several eateries come dinnertime – Bob's Steak & Chop House dishes out steak and seafood, while Bistro 65's casual menu will suit taste buds of all ages.

    Carlsbad, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3377 reviewsTripAdvisor (3377)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
    Rancho Mirage, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4340 reviewsTripAdvisor (4340)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    About 120 miles west of Los Angeles, Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is an oasis in the hot, dry Coachella Valley. Guest rooms here are spacious and comfortable with private balconies or patios, high-speed internet access and complimentary tea and coffee service. The resort boasts its own water park, Splashtopia, where guests of all ages can zoom down two 100-foot waterslides, play beneath colorful fountains and sprinklers, or simply float along the lazy river. Even though the pool is a great diversion, recent guests advise booking a room farther away from it, as poolside accommodations can be quite noisy. Adults can relax in the kid-free Azure Pool or unwind at Spa Las Palmas. Meanwhile, active guests can play 27 holes of golf at the resort's championship golf courses or a round of tennis on one of 25 courts. Recent guests rave about the bluEmber restaurant in particular of all the hotel's on-site dining options. New to the Omni hotel family, this resort now participates in the Omni Select Guest rewards program.

    Rancho Mirage, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4340 reviewsTripAdvisor (4340)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Terranea Resort, A Destination Hotel
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4395 reviewsTripAdvisor (4395)
    Free WiFi

    About 32 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, Terranea Resort is a palatial resort in the city's backyard. Many rooms look out onto the Pacific Ocean from balconies and come equipped with a long list of luxury amenities, including flat-screen TVs, four-fixture stone bathrooms and Wi-Fi access. (Covered by the $40 daily resort fee.) But most guests appreciate what's outside their quarters, particularly the fitness center and multiple pools. The hotel also houses a noteworthy spa, and visitors are in awe of the expansive, manicured grounds  all 102 acres. This family- and pet-friendly resort has eight delectable eateries and watering holes. Of those, Catalina Kitchen is the true standout with its breakfast and patio setting.

    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4395 reviewsTripAdvisor (4395)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Ojai Valley Inn
    Ojai, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1864 reviewsTripAdvisor (1864)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Previous guests praise the rejuvenating and romantic powers of the Ojai Valley Inn, located about 40 miles east of Santa Barbara, California. Hosting an 18-hole golf course, several tennis courts and an award-winning spa, the Ojai Valley Inn's sprawling grounds have all the makings of a relaxing getaway. Ojai Valley Inn's 303 guest rooms and suites boast elegant grey and white decor, as well as custom bedding, flat-screen TVs with DVD/Blu-ray players and in-room pantries. (Some rooms also feature private balconies and fireplaces). Between enjoying Ojai Valley Inn's facilities and heading off to bed, travelers recommend sampling the cuisine at one of the on-site eateries; The Oak is the standout, with diners saying that outside seating and tasty lunch and dinner offerings will make you want to return to again and again.

    Ojai, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1864 reviewsTripAdvisor (1864)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel
    Berkeley, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1736 reviewsTripAdvisor (1736)

    Simply put, the Claremont Club & Spa is gorgeous. Set near the University of California-Berkeley campus, this AccorHotels outpost boasts enviable views of the San Francisco Bay and a relaxed atmosphere. Recent guests were delighted by the Claremont's Old World ambiance (as seen in accommodations' chandeliers, dark wood furniture and textured fabrics) and its luxury amenities, such as tennis courts and a full-service spa. Guest rooms here also feature flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffee makers and minibars. Meanwhile, the Claremont's in-house eateries also earn praise from previous diners for their relaxed settings and scrumptious cuisine. Meritage specializes in small plates and wine tastings, and the Bayview Café serves up casual fare poolside. The customer service staff members also earn a thumbs-up for their friendly demeanor. However, travelers note that staying at this property will require a sizable chunk of your vacation budget.

    Berkeley, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1736 reviewsTripAdvisor (1736)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    Carmel Valley Ranch
    Carmel, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1814 reviewsTripAdvisor (1814)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Guests gush over the gorgeous landscapes (spanning across 500 acres) that surround the Carmel Valley Ranch, not to mention the stunning golf course, the massive fitness center and the sensual Spa Aiyana. But back to the great outdoors: While here, don't miss the chance to roam the ranch's wide lavender fields to learn about beekeeping. Guests recommend eating at the Valley Kitchen for fresh, locally sourced dishes and outstanding customer service, or head to the River Ranch Café for a more casual vibe. And then there are the suites, where you can spread out in anywhere from 650 to 1,200 square feet of space, which all include 42-inch flat-screens with Blu-ray players, Travertine fireplaces and free wireless internet.

    Carmel, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1814 reviewsTripAdvisor (1814)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Parker Palm Springs
    Palm Springs, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1730 reviewsTripAdvisor (1730)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Retro, hip, luxurious – the list of adjectives that recent guests attach to this hotel is long and overwhelmingly positive. From the exterior, the property looks like a classic Palm Springs resort, but inside, guests find themselves among chic furnishings, modern artwork and stylish facilities. Guest room decor features white and beige hues with colorful accent chairs and pillows. Rooms and suites offer LCD flat-screen TVs and minibars. Additional amenities include the Palm Springs Yacht Club spa, three pools, two tennis courts, a lemonade stand and four eateries, which all earn guests' praise. However, travelers warn that the room bills at this Leading Hotels of the World property are steep, especially when considering the added resort fee. But remember: Leaders Club members receive perks when staying here. Just a few miles from Palm Springs International Airport and downtown Palm Springs, this hotel's location is ideal.

    Palm Springs, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1730 reviewsTripAdvisor (1730)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa
    Huntington Beach, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4216 reviewsTripAdvisor (4216)
    Free WiFi

    Located in Huntington Beach, about 40 miles south of Los Angeles, the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort offers prime access to the shore and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. All 517 rooms have a balcony or patio, and guest rooms also earn praise for their warm orange and brown decor and ample amenities, such as 42-inch flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi access and iHome stereos. (However, some guests note that the internet connection isn't always reliable.) While here, travelers are invited to take advantage of the hotel's facilities, which include a large outdoor pool, a water park for the kiddos and the Pacific Waters Spa, which boasts 17 treatment rooms and a long list of massages and skin therapies. The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach is also home to five restaurants serving everything from pizza to upscale contemporary cuisine (travelers particularly love the tacos at Pete's Sunset Grille). What's more, guests praise the overly helpful and friendly staff members at this resort. And because of its brand ties, this outpost participates in Hyatt's loyalty program.

    Huntington Beach, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4216 reviewsTripAdvisor (4216)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
    San Diego, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 8924 reviewsTripAdvisor (8924)
    Free WiFi

    This Hyatt property, located on the San Diego Bay, sits within walking distance of the Gaslamp Quarter and gets kudos from guests for its two rooftop pools and picturesque views. Each one of the Manchester Grand Hyatt's 1,628 guest rooms boasts large windows that open to let in the sea breeze, as well as high-speed internet access, an iHome alarm clock and a flat-screen TV. Recent guests loved the spacious digs and praised the spectacular views, although some mentioned a few customer service snafus. The Manchester Grand Hyatt also encourages visitors to take advantage of the 24-hour fitness center and the in-house Marilyn Monroe Spa. And when dinnertime rolls around, the hotel houses several restaurants and lounges to choose from, including a top-floor bar that serves up cocktails and superb views of Coronado Island. And because of its brand ties, this hotel participates in the World of Hyatt loyalty program.

    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 8924 reviewsTripAdvisor (8924)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
    Anaheim, CA
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4888 reviewsTripAdvisor (4888)
    Free WiFi

    As expected, kids are spellbound by the Disney brand enchantments, but adults are also delighted to stay in Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa because of its convenience. The resort's design draws on California's natural scenery – the redwood forests, the mountains, the rugged coast – but forgets none of the high-end musts of modern hotels. The rooms (that come in many configurations) can easily fit families, and the hotel provides additional sleeping bags for kids. The themed pools are a great way to enjoy the warm California weather as a clan, while weary parents can kick back in the Mandara Spa or enjoy a glass of wine at Napa Rose after a long day of fun. Families also enjoy the private entrance to certain areas of Disneyland, like Disney's California Adventure park and Downtown Disney District. The room rates, on the other hand, can take their toll on your vacation fun, though members of the Disney Vacation Club can receive discounts on both park admission and hotel rates.

    Anaheim, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4888 reviewsTripAdvisor (4888)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Loews Coronado Bay Resort
    Coronado, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5235 reviewsTripAdvisor (5235)
    Free WiFi

    Located on Coronado Island, this Loews resort offers plenty in the way of beachfront fun. The property offers easy access to Silver Strand State Beach, as well as bike and water sports equipment rentals. Back at the property, you'll find three outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts and the full-service Sea Spa. The views from the guest rooms aren't half bad either, though some guests wish the private balconies and patios were slightly larger. (Accommodations also feature deep soaking tubs, high-speed internet access and beachy decor.) For dining, head to the main restaurant, Crown Landing, which serves casual Californian cuisine by the water. Despite all its physical offerings, guests cite Loews Coronado Bay Resort's whimsical atmosphere as a reason to return. After all, this is the property that hosts an annual dog surfing competition. 

    Coronado, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5235 reviewsTripAdvisor (5235)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Morongo Casino Resort & Spa
    Cabazon, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 545 reviewsTripAdvisor (545)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Rising out of the desert along I-10 about 20 miles west of Palm Springs, the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa shines brightly both day and night. The massive on-site casino boasts everything from table games to slots to bingo. And though the casino floor is open 24 hours a day, hotel guests also make good use of the other amenities available (and you might need to, given the smoky atmosphere on the casino floor). The lazy river and sandy pool area are highlights, providing much-needed respite from the California heat. And six in-house restaurants are sure to suit your cravings, but if they don't, you'll find even more options at the in-house food court. Meanwhile, the property's guest rooms provide fantastic views of the San Gorgonio and San Jacinto mountains. Travelers highly recommend requesting accommodations on one of the higher floors for better vistas. No matter which room you're staying in, you'll find flat-screen TVs, internet access and minibars. 

    Cabazon, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 545 reviewsTripAdvisor (545)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Disneyland Hotel
    Anaheim, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3290 reviewsTripAdvisor (3290)
    Free WiFi

    The Disneyland Hotel provides all that guests need when they're not touring the Happiest Place on Earth. Kids are big fans of Goofy's Kitchen (where Chef Goofy often make appearances), and adults enjoy the prime cuts at Steakhouse 55. Guests can swim at the Monorail Pool complex or take a complimentary tour through hotel's collection of Disneyland artifacts. Guests say rooms here could use an update, but they also applaud that rooms are spacious for families and feature Disney-inspired decor, flat-screen TVs and kid-friendly amenities such as cribs and wake-up calls from a Disney character. Recent visitors are complimentary of the customer service, which they say is great from start to finish. You'll find the Disneyland Hotel on the western edge of the park near Downtown Disney, and a 20-minute drive from John Wayne International Airport.

    Anaheim, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3290 reviewsTripAdvisor (3290)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert
    Palm Desert, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1267 reviewsTripAdvisor (1267)
    Free WiFi

    Deep in the arid Coachella Valley – nearly 120 miles east of Los Angeles – sits the Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert. Each of this Westin's one- or two-bedroom guest villas features a flat-screen TV, a private balcony, a kitchenette, a dining area and complimentary high-speed internet access. The outdoor swimming pool and waterslide offer welcome respite from sometimes oppressive heat. There's an eatery as well, the Agave Grill & Bar, when you start to feel peckish poolside, as well as grilling areas nearby. Parents looking to get a little rest and relaxation can drop the kids off at the Westin Kids Club and get their blood pumping at the on-site gym or hit the links at the adjacent Desert Willow Golf Resort. What's more, because The Westin Desert Willows Villas is part of the Marriott hotel family, Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and use points here.

    Palm Desert, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1267 reviewsTripAdvisor (1267)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
    Newport Beach, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2043 reviewsTripAdvisor (2043)
    Free WiFi

    Situated in Newport Beach, California, about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles, the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach completed a $15 million renovation in May 2013. Its location in southern California also puts it near Disneyland and the popular shopping complex, Fashion Island. The hotel features 407 rooms, each of which is appointed with a patio or balcony, an iPod docking station, a minifridge and a flat-screen TV. Outside the room, on-site pursuits abound thanks to the hotel's plentiful facilities, which include several pools, tennis courts, shuffleboard, and a golf course. In terms of eating and drinking, guests can enjoy coastal cuisine at SHOR American Seafood Grill or sit down for coffee or cocktails in the Lobby Lounge. Apart from the variety of activities and amenities, previous guests say they love this Hyatt property's staff. Visitors noted that the hotel's employees were friendly, well-trained and went out of their way to assist guests. And, if you participate in the brand's loyalty program, you can accrue and redeem points for choosing to stay at this hotel.

    Newport Beach, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2043 reviewsTripAdvisor (2043)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina - San Diego
    San Diego, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 4059 reviewsTripAdvisor (4059)
    Free WiFi

    The Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina offers guests a convenient home base near Mission Beach, just a short drive from downtown. Guest rooms here feature bright green accents, flat-screen TVs, high-speed internet access and ample space to spread out. Previous visitors say that the views from the rooms are great (make sure to ask for accommodations on a higher floor overlooking the water). If you aren't satisfied with the scenery outside your room, you can enjoy the surroundings while dining on coastal cuisine at Red Marlin Restaurant & Terrace  an experience many recent guests recommend. This Hyatt property also boasts three pools (complete with waterslides for the kiddos), a fitness center and the Blue Marble Spa. However, some travelers say that this property could be better, with some citing costly parking fees as reasons they may think twice about returning. Members of the brand's loyalty program can offset fees by cashing in accumulated points.

    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 4059 reviewsTripAdvisor (4059)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa
    Carlsbad, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2332 reviewsTripAdvisor (2332)
    Free WiFi

    South of downtown Carlsbad, California, on the Batiquitos Lagoon, the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa wows guests with its palatial size and romantic ambiance. The Spanish colonial architecture houses spacious rooms, all dressed in plush furniture, marble bathrooms and separate living areas. The property also houses four eateries and the 15,000-square-foot Aviara Spa. Golfers are particularly smitten with the esteemed Kip Puterbaugh's Aviara Golf Academy and Club. But what epitomizes this Park Hyatt's commitment to providing luxury is everything extra it offers guests. Need umbrellas, towels and chairs to take to the beach? The hotel has you covered. Want to learn how to hang 10? Schedule a session with the hotel's Surf Concierge for lessons on how to navigate waves on a surfboard. Need another reason to stay here? Members of the World of Hyatt program can use or accrue reward points for additional perks, like free nights.

    Carlsbad, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2332 reviewsTripAdvisor (2332)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
    Rancho Mirage, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1716 reviewsTripAdvisor (1716)
    Free WiFi

    This Ritz outpost is located about 9 miles southeast of Palm Springs, California, in Rancho Mirage. The hotel's suites feature balconies, stone bathrooms with separate showers and soaking tubs, beds with 400-thread-count Frette linens and Nespresso coffee makers. But with the resort's ample amenities, guests won't want to spend all their time in their rooms. The property has multiple pools and a spa boasting treatments like the Coconut Body Polish and the Sec-He Rock Ritual. Plus, nearby hiking trails and the on-site fitness center offer ample opportunities for exercise. When it's time for a bite to eat, try the casual cuisine at the Air Pool Bar or go for a more upscale meal at  either The Edge Steakhouse or the State Fare Bar & Kitchen. Recent guests said the hotel's setting is beautiful but warn of exorbitant prices for everything from food at the on-site restaurants to the mandatory valet parking. Keep in mind that because of its Marriott ties, the Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage allows Marriott Bonvoy members to earn perks or use points to cover stays at the property.

    Rancho Mirage, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1716 reviewsTripAdvisor (1716)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Monarch Beach Resort
    Dana Point, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3121 reviewsTripAdvisor (3121)
    Free WiFi

    Formerly a St. Regis property, guests can't stop raving about how beautiful the Monarch Beach Resort is. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Monarch Beach – about 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles – this resort caters to perfectionists. The grounds are well-manicured, the decor is both lavish, comfortable and up-to-date (accommodations were renovated in summer 2015), and the resort has a private beach. What more could you ask for? Well, you can also indulge at the handful of on-site eateries, swing a golf club in view of the Pacific Ocean or treat yourself to a decadent massage or sugar scrub at the Miraval Spa. Families love the wide range of activities for children, ranging from treasure hunts to the kids club to babysitting services. And previous visitors say the steep price is worthwhile and that the resort's staff deserves the highest praise.

    Dana Point, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3121 reviewsTripAdvisor (3121)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Carneros Resort and Spa
    Napa, CA
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1482 reviewsTripAdvisor (1482)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Sitting just a few miles southwest of Napa, California, Carneros Resort and Spa is often described by recent travelers as charming and quiet. Accommodations consist of cottages, suites and homes. Many previous visitors recommend reserving a cottage for an added sense of privacy. (Guests also suggest requesting a room that's not near the highway for a more peaceful night's sleep.) But no matter which type of lodging you choose, you'll find yourself with a flat-screen TV, a Nespresso coffee machine, heated bathroom floors and a private outdoor patio with a garden. When you crave a change of scenery, take some time to explore all 28 acres of the property – you'll find a vegetable garden, two pools with hot tubs, a general store, three restaurants and The Spa at Carneros. Other amenities – such as weekend fitness classes, use of loaner bicycles and on-site parking – are covered by the property's daily $32 resort fee.

    Napa, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1482 reviewsTripAdvisor (1482)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
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    La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
    La Quinta, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2060 reviewsTripAdvisor (2060)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    With the Santa Rosa Mountains as its backdrop, the La Quinta Resort & Club has been a desert getaway for the Hollywood elite since its opening in the 1920s. Stars such as Greta Garbo and Clark Gable used to seek refuge within the resort's whitewashed casitas, located around 127 miles from Los Angeles. Guest rooms maintain a relaxed yet luxurious ambiance with soothing design accents, leather furniture and fireplaces (in most rooms). The resorts' amenities will also provide visitors with all they need for a relaxing or an exciting getaway. Summer temperatures in the Coachella Valley can enter the triple digits, but La Quinta boasts 41 outdoor swimming pools to keep guests cool and comfortable. If it's not too hot, take advantage of this Waldorf Astoria-affiliated resort's five golf courses or the on-site tennis center, complete with 23 courts and private instruction. Recent travelers lauded La Quinta's seven in-house restaurants, especially the Mexican fare of Adobe Grill. However, get ready for a lot of walking: La Quinta's grounds are manicured and lovely, but it's a trek to span the property. Members of the Hilton Honors program can earn or redeem points by choosing to stay here, but make sure you're aware of the daily resort fee that applies to all guests.

    La Quinta, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2060 reviewsTripAdvisor (2060)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

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